Dr. Richard VanVoorhis

Professor
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Dr. Richard W VanVoorhis

Professor

Psychological Sciences & Counseling

Beeghly Hall 3202

phone: (330) 941-3266

rwvanvoorhis@ysu.edu

Bio

Richard VanVoorhis is a Professor for the Youngstown State University School Psychology Program. He also serves as the Program Director and Internship Coordinator. Prior to his position at YSU, Dr. VanVoorhis was employed as a school psychologist for several years. His research interests include role and function of the school psychologist, job satisfaction of school psychologists, school psychology training/curriculum, parent consultation, and low-incidence disabilities.

  • Education
    • 2023

      EDD, School Psychology

      Indiana University of Pennsylvania

    • 1992

      MA, School Psychology

      The Ohio State University

    • 1990

      BA, Psychology

      Ohio University

  • Awards and Honors
    • August 2023

      Youngstown State University

      Youngstown State University, Research Professorship

      YSU Research Professorship Award, 23-24 academic year. Supporting high school females with autism: International Perspectives

    • April 2022

      Youngstown State University

      Youngstown State University, Distinguished Professor in Teaching Award

      Youngstown State University, Distinguished Professor in Teaching Award

    • 2022

      YSU Graduate College

      YSU Diversity in Scholarship (note: served as students' research advisor)

      Research advisor for three school psychology YSU Diversity in Scholarship Award winners (Brozovich, M. (2019), Johnston, K. (2021), and Hollowell, A. (2022).

    • April 2019

      Youngstown State University

      Youngstown State University, Distinguished Professor in Service Award

      Youngstown State University, Distinguished Professor in Service Award

    • March 2004

      Indiana University of Pennsylvania

      Outstanding Student Research Award

  • Administrative Assignments
    • 2011 - present

      Director

  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2023

      "Serving Families of Students with Intense Learning Needs: A Practitioner's Guide for School Psychologists and other School-Based Related-Services Providers"

      Youngstown State University

    • 2023

      "Effectiveness of a brief psychoeducational workshop to enhance well-being among parents of children with disabilities."

      Journal of Child and Family Studies (Springer), volume 32, issue na, p. 12

    • 2022

      "The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on school psychology internship outcomes"

      Psychology in the Schools, volume 60, issue 4, p. 17

    • 2022

      "The challenge of appropriate challenging: Self-determination needs for students with autism"

      The Ohio School Psychologist, volume 67, issue 2, p. 4

    • 2022

      "Provision of inclusive education and the role of school psychologists across national boundaries: Existing facilitators and barriers and possible ways forward"

    • 2022

      "Promoting equal access to mental health services in rural Ohio: Perspectives through a social consciousness lens"

      The Ohio Psychologist, 69, 22-26, volume 69, issue na, p. 5

    • 2022

      "Using vocational assessments to promote social justice for underserved families."

      International Family Therapy Association World Congress

    • 2022

      "Balancing job satisfaction needs with workplace expectations: Implications for school psychology training"

      School Psychology Training and Pedagogy, volume 39, issue 1, p. 13

    • 2022

      "A School-centered model for promoting family development and wellness in impoverished communities"

      International Family Therapy Association World Congress

    • 2022

      "Promoting resilience in families with a child diagnosed with a low-incidence disability"

      International Family Therapy Association World Congress

    • 2022

      "Promoting equal access to mental health services in rural Ohio: Perspectives through a social consciousness lens. [Journal article]"

      The Ohio Psychologist, volume 69, p. 22-24

    • 2022

      "A school-based assessment model to promote cultural competence and student well-being."

      International Family Therapy Association World Congress

    • 2021

      "Autism spectrum disorder in females: Inter-Professional diagnostic, classification, and practical considerations"

      The Ohio Psychologist, volume 68, issue na, p. 4

    • 2020

      "Across the Pond: UK/USA Program Collaboration"

      ISPA World Go Round, volume 48, issue 4, p. 6

    • 2020

      "School psychology: Our cup of tea"

      The Ohio School Psychologist, volume 65, issue 2, p. 7

    • 2019

      "Creating a common language for school psychologists and intervention specialists"

      The Ohio School Psychologist, volume 64, issue 2, p. 3

    • 2019

      "Highlights of the Martin Essex School from a Graduate Student’s perspective; Dr. Richard VanVoorhis remembers"

      Research Gate: In Stephens, T.M., The Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted, 1976-2010, p. 4

    • 2019

      "2020 National standards and beyond: Ohio school psychology leading the way"

      The Ohio School Psychologist, volume 64, issue 1, p. 5

    • 2017

      "YSU, NASP Accreditation Application"

      NASP Accreditation Review

    • 2017

      "Ohio Department of Education, Program Accreditation, Approval Application"

      Ohio Department of Education

    • 2015

      "Enhancing critical consciousness through a cross-cultural immersion experience in South Africa"

      Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, volume 43, issue 3, p. 18

    • 2015

      "Impact of Stepping Stones Triple P on parents with a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder: Implications for school psychologists"

      School Psychology Forum, volume 9, issue 2, p. 22

    • 2012

      "Using values-based approaches in employment counseling and assessment: Professional and related occupations"

      Journal of Employment Counseling, volume 49, issue 4, p. 160-171

    • 2011

      "Youngstown State University school psychology program response document."

      Ohio Board of Regents

    • 2011

      "Training for parents of children with disabilities: The Triple P approach. [Journal article]"

      The Ohio Psychologist, volume 58, p. 16-19

    • 2010

      "Youngstown State University school psychology program full proposal"

      Ohio Inter-University Council of School Psychologists

    • 2003

      "Strategies for enhancing resilience in families with a child diagnosed with a low-incidence sensory disability: A parent guide"

      The Family Resilience Project of Youngstown State University